Joan Barreda seals a noteworthy victory in a chaotic eight stage

A second stage triumph for Joan Barreda who commanded from start to finish in both specials of the Rally Dakar 2017 eighth stage. The Monster Energy Honda Team once again gave a master class in a race hampered by the weather.

Stage eight of the Rally Dakar 2017, the second leg of the two-day marathon stage which set off yesterday from La Paz bound for Uyuni, was shortened by 72 kilometres due to a flooded river crossing in Bolivia. The day was split into two timed-sections, one covering 174 km on Bolivian soil, before crossing the border into Argentina for another, 246 km long.

Joan Barreda went full-throttle right off the bat, determined to take the stage victory. The Spaniard clocked the fastest time of the 110 bike category entrees who left the bivouac from Uyuni this morning. The bikers were faced with innumerable hazards in the Bolivian mud. Once onto Argentine terrain the Monster Energy Honda Team rider really let loose, not letting up until the final flag where he sealed victory. The win marks the second triumph for Barreda and the third for the team after the Ricky Brabec’s win yesterday.

Red Bull KTM factory riders continued to hold up well in the storm-battered Dakar Rally 2017 with overall leader Sam Sunderland adding several minutes onto his advantage after Tuesday’s Stage 8. Spain’s Joan Barreda was the stage winner with KTM teammates Matthias Walkner and Sunderland a close 2-3 behind him.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna factory riders Pablo Quintanilla and Pela Renet delivered another strong performance in Tuesday’s challenging Dakar Rally stage eight to remain second and seventh in the general standings when they reached Salta in Argentina. The rally is now traveling east towards Saturday’s finish in Buenos Aires.

The two riders finished 7-8 in what was another difficult and rain-plagued stage, with Quintanilla just seven minutes off the leading time of stage winner Joan Barreda of Spain. Renet finished two and a half minutes behind his Chilean teammate as the competition left the high altitudes of Bolivia on the way from Uyuni to Salta. It was to be an eventful day for riders and the entire Dakar caravan.

Riders on Tuesday crossed the border from Bolivia to Argentina on their way from Uyuni to Salta as the rally turns east towards Saturday’s finish in Buenos Aires.

The ninth stage, has been cancelled due to the poor meteorological conditions that affected all the Dakar logistics.


Chris Glaspell

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